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Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head  

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  • Tube preamp section re-creates great bass tone of the original SVT
  • 450W @ 4 ohms
  • 3 bands of tone
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A totally modern, hybrid version of the famous SVT.

The tube preamp section of the Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head re-creates the great bass tone that made the original SVT the most respected bass amp of all time. The power section is solid state with a toroidal transformer that generates less noise and magnetic interference. Delivers 450W @ 4 ohms and has an arsenal of tone-shaping tools: 3 bands of tone, a 5-position mid selector, 9-band graphic EQ, plus low and high boosts. Other pro features include input peak LED, input pad and bright switch, mute function, tuner out, variable line-out level, time-delayed turn on, DC-supplied filaments, and variable fan speed. 2U rackmount.

Features

  • Tube preamp section re-creates great bass tone of the original SVT
  • 450W @ 4 ohms
  • 3 bands of tone
  • 5-position mid selector
  • 9-band graphic EQ
  • Low and high boosts
  • Input peak LED
  • Input pad and bright switch
  • Mute function
  • Tuner out
  • Variable line-out level
  • Time-delayed turn on
  • DC-supplied filaments
  • Variable fan speed

Order today to get that vintage Ampeg growl!

 

SVT-3PRO Series Head Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 19"W x 3-1/2"H x 15-1/2"D
  • Weight: 26 lbs.
  • RMS Power Output (8 Ohms): 275 À
  • RMS Power Output (4 Ohms): 450 À
  • RMS Power Output (2 Ohms): n/a À
  • Tone Controls: 3 band À
  • Mid Tone Control: 5 pos À
  • Graphic EQ: 9 band À
  • Ultralow/High Boosts: Yes À
  • Balanced Line Out: Yes (Transformer) À
  • Effects Loop: Yes À
  • Pre-amp Out/Power Amp In: Yes
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AmpegSVT-3PRO Series Head
 
4.8

(based on 56 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp

I don't understand why some of these reviews claim there is not enough power from this amp. I have been playing mine for seven years now and play nothing else. I have played venues...Read complete review

I don't understand why some of these reviews claim there is not enough power from this amp. I have been playing mine for seven years now and play nothing else. I have played venues from small rooms to outdoor festivals and have never had a heating/failure issue. I play it through an Ampeg 8x10 classic, and it rumbles. I do not know why anyone would need more power or volume...I think their problem is that their cab is maybe too small. If they need more volume than this, they will simply need another amp and another cab. This thing through any 8x10 will give plenty of volume and even through the Ampeg 8x10, it has tremendous tone at low levels for smaller rooms. I always use it with my 8x10 even in the small joints. Great buy because it will last a life time. I paid 750 for mine and have been on it for 7 years so that is only about 100 a year.

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For the money, SVT3 Pro doesn't cut it

The Ampeg SVT-3 Pro seemed to be the best choice for the money I wanted to spend, and for the sound I wanted to get in regards to reviews. I was extremely excited...Read complete review

The Ampeg SVT-3 Pro seemed to be the best choice for the money I wanted to spend, and for the sound I wanted to get in regards to reviews. I was extremely excited when I finally got this in, only to be very dissapointed with Ampeg on this head. The biggest issue I noticed right away as a professional Bass player is simply the volume this head puts out. I was in an empty room, plugged into my amazing Aguilar top of the line Bass Cab, and I literally had to put the volume on 7 just to feel my Bass bump. When my band rehearsed the next day, I had this head blasting on 10 and it still wasn't loud enough for me to even blend in with my band. Now in regards to tone, you can definitiely get some great sounds, Ampeg is great with that, but tone means nothing when you can't get the volume supply you need for professional gigs. If you are looking to spend the amount of money this head costs, PLEASE buy the Galien Krueger 1001 RB. Its 700Watts solid state, but tone, volume, functions, and the overall review of that head is absolutely incredible. The Ampeg SVT-3 Pro could have been that break through affordable professional head if they never switched the make of it overseas, and if they atleast made this thing put out 600W - 700W. I hope musicians don't make the mistake I did thining the tube preamps would make a huge difference over solid state, cause for me, it honesty was a huge let down.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By James

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I don't understand why some of these reviews claim there is not enough power from this amp. I have been playing mine for seven years now and play nothing else. I have played venues from small rooms to outdoor festivals and have never had a heating/failure issue. I play it through an Ampeg 8x10 classic, and it rumbles. I do not know why anyone would need more power or volume...I think their problem is that their cab is maybe too small. If they need more volume than this, they will simply need another amp and another cab. This thing through any 8x10 will give plenty of volume and even through the Ampeg 8x10, it has tremendous tone at low levels for smaller rooms. I always use it with my 8x10 even in the small joints. Great buy because it will last a life time. I paid 750 for mine and have been on it for 7 years so that is only about 100 a year.

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      (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      For the money, SVT3 Pro doesn't cut it

      By Tom

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      The Ampeg SVT-3 Pro seemed to be the best choice for the money I wanted to spend, and for the sound I wanted to get in regards to reviews. I was extremely excited when I finally got this in, only to be very dissapointed with Ampeg on this head. The biggest issue I noticed right away as a professional Bass player is simply the volume this head puts out. I was in an empty room, plugged into my amazing Aguilar top of the line Bass Cab, and I literally had to put the volume on 7 just to feel my Bass bump. When my band rehearsed the next day, I had this head blasting on 10 and it still wasn't loud enough for me to even blend in with my band. Now in regards to tone, you can definitiely get some great sounds, Ampeg is great with that, but tone means nothing when you can't get the volume supply you need for professional gigs. If you are looking to spend the amount of money this head costs, PLEASE buy the Galien Krueger 1001 RB. Its 700Watts solid state, but tone, volume, functions, and the overall review of that head is absolutely incredible. The Ampeg SVT-3 Pro could have been that break through affordable professional head if they never switched the make of it overseas, and if they atleast made this thing put out 600W - 700W. I hope musicians don't make the mistake I did thining the tube preamps would make a huge difference over solid state, cause for me, it honesty was a huge let down.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      bassman

      By Bill Weaver

      from Wisconsin

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I would recommend this unit, for the price, it's well worth it and I get alot of compliments on the sound.
      I purchased this amp about a year ago and wanted to use it awhile before writing a review.
      I think it's great, the tube preamp, EQ and other tone settings give anyone of any style the ability to shape their sound.
      I run it through an Ampeg 4-10 HVLT cab, which runs @ 4 ohms, so I get full use of all the power.
      I've used it @ a variety of venues, from outdoors running through the P.A., to medium and small rooms. Always sounds great!
      I use a Bass with active pick-ups.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Top of the line mid-powered amp

      By codyml

      from East TN

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      This amp is amazing for bass, keys, electric cello, even guitar! Amazing REAL TUBES give you the closest you can get to get to decent tone with a solid-state powered amp. The only issue is of course that the power is just not quite on the pro level. If you can even find a 4 ohm bass cab you will most likely still have to use the -15db pad, cutting your volume in half.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I liked this guy

      By Bassman Al

      from DC area

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I just sold this amp after 3 great years of use. The one complaint I have is that the owner's manual is terrible. Once I learned, but starting a thread on talkbass, about this amp then I was fine. It has many great features. Mine was a 1996 USA model and it worked great. It is heavy, about 25 lbs, which is the territory with tubes. Ultimately I decided the tubes weren't worth back surgery. One of the few amps that I might actually miss, having owned Peavey, GK and Hartke prior.

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      4.0

      best amp head you will ever find for the prce!

      By HeinPBASS!!!

      from South Africa

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      This is the first amp head that I have owned,and i wont ever need anything more than this! Great tonal versatility thanx too all the swithches and the EQ,loud enough for club and even outdoor shows,and for the price,you wont find a better sounding amp!!! I play it through a SVT 410 hlf cab and its perfect!!! Go get it!

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      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      450 watts into 4 ohms?

      By Twister-It-62

      from Canada

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I love the way this head sounded, full fat and textured beyond belief. It has all the features I like and would want on an amp. However their is no way this thing puts out 450 watts into a 4 ohm load? I have to run the master at 10 and control my volume with the input level. However even that's a task as the thing is always flashing indicating that it is being overloaded. How is this possible when it's at 4 or 5? It dosen't matter whether I use my active or passive basses, the result is the same. My friends GK400rb is as loud and it's rated at 280 watts into a 4 ohm load. Again the tone rocks, but 450, not a chance? Being made overseas is a big turn off as well. I can't recommend this amp for these reasons. Quality is a concern and the volume just isn't there?

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      5.0

      the best out there

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I traded an Eden WT550 Traveler for this and I am glad I did. The Eden was OK but had a very dry sound to it is the best way to describe it. The SVT3 Pro in contrast has the warm full sound I could not get with the Eden. The sound is so warm and full that it almost sounds like it has a touch of tube reverb built in. I also own an SVT Classic snd this sounds as good and it weighs 1/3 as much. I could not be happier. The only thing is I wish it was made in the USA rather than Korea.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gotta Get An Ampeg!!!

      By Rhythm N Booze

      from Dirty South

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I originally ordered a B-stock svt-3 but had problems and returned it and got a brand new one and so far no problems. I"m pushing the 410 HLF cab and it's the bass sound that I have searching for all these years. I've played with the Mesa Boogie m-pulse, hartke rigs, Gallien Kruger, and swr (all solid state models mind you) but they don't sound like an ampeg. First of all the tubes make the biggest difference but you can really tweak your sound to cut through the mix with the svt3. I played a gig last night with it for the first time and I was very surprised by the amount of compliments I received. This things rocks. The reason for the 4 on features is because I think a built in compressor would really complete this head, but oh well, I'll save up for a keeley. Can't wait to set up tonight and do it all over again (although mabee a few less beers). Thanks Ampeg and thanks musician's friend for the way they handled the issues I had with the B-stock head.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      TRUSTWORTHY AMP!

      By Najots Civogezo

      from Schererville, IN

      Comments about Ampeg SVT-3PRO Series Head:

      I use the SVT-3 Pro every night on a gig. I use it for the studio as well. I run it with a Ampeg 410 HLF and it sounds like thunder. You get what ever tone you want, at the volume you want. I've played quite a few places and this thing fits in anywhere. I am always heard at a show, and if there is a PA, my drummer and guitarist do not need me in the monitors. Simply a GREAT BUY. Its an amazing amp with great features and quality. If you gig, I recommend purchasing a rack case for it to give it extra protection. Just make sure your case has plenty of room for ventilation. Play this amp, and you will not turn away.

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